Syr­ian asy­lum seeker blows self up in Ger­many

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A failed Syr­ian asy­lum seeker has blown him­self up and in­jured 12 other peo­ple with a back­pack bomb near a fes­ti­val in the south Ger­man town of Ans­bach.

The 27-year-old man, who faced de­por­ta­tion to Bul­garia, det­o­nated the de­vice af­ter be­ing re­fused en­try to the mu­sic fes­ti­val, Bavar­ian of­fi­cials say.

The Syr­ian man made a video on his phone pledg­ing al­le­giance to the leader of so­called Is­lamic State, Bavaria’s in­te­rior min­is­ter Joachim Her­mann said.

Bavaria has been on edge since a knife ram­page on a train claimed by so-called Is­lamic State (IS) last Monday.

Po­lice in Mu­nich say they have ar­rested a 16-year-old Afghan friend of David Ali Son­boly, who killed nine peo­ple at a Mu­nich shop­ping cen­tre on Fri­day.

Son­boly, 18, had been plan­ning his at­tack for a year, po­lice said ear­lier.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, a ma­chete at­tack by a Syr­ian asy­lum seeker has left one wo­man dead and two other peo­ple in­jured in Reut­lin­gen, near Stuttgart.

Po­lice said the at­tack hap­pened af­ter an ar­gu­ment be­tween the man and the 45-year-old Pol­ish wo­man.

Po­lice said there was no in­di­ca­tion that it was ter­ror­ist at­tack and it was more likely to have been “a crime of pas­sion”.

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